Cycling in Taiwan: Taipei to Kaohsiung via the East Coast

Following Taiwan, I went to Yangshuo, China. Video here:
OOPS (sorry!)… turns out my half-baked theory about the hotel at 10:30 is completely wrong! Thanks to the commenters that kindly pointed out the real reason (environmental regulations and an ongoing legal controversy).
You can’t do much better than Taiwan for a convenient and scenic cycling trip! Made my way from Taipei firstly northwest toward the coast, then down the East Coast via Yilan, Taroko, Hualien and Taitung before crossing over to Kenting.
I ended the trip in Kaohsiung, deciding to skip on the traffic and stop lights along the main route back North to Taipei.

Music Credit…
Title: Sthlm Sunset
Artist: Ehrling

38 Replies to “Cycling in Taiwan: Taipei to Kaohsiung via the East Coast”

  1. Ben Neynens

    If you liked this video, you miiight also like my book, which is about a trip in the Middle East: (Kindle for $1 or Paperback for $5)

    I wrote it a long time ago, when I was still young and even sillier than I am now. Feel free to check it out if you're interested 😉

  2. Jeremy Talks to Strangers

    I’m VERY into cycling and moving to Taiwan in a week! Are you by chance still there? Or know anyone there? I want to get Into the cycling scene 🙂

  3. Bucher Frederic

    Hey i'm in Taiwan right now and i want to do the same thing as you did. Do you have any tipps how and where i can buy a second hand bike? It seems to be hard looking it up on Facebook and co since i can't read chinese. I'd really appreciate to get an insight how you managed that

  4. Carlo David

    I'd love to do this on a You Bike one of these days lol. How many km did you average per day? Being from Florida and all, I'm a noobie to cycling with lots of elevation changes, but this is something I've always dreamed of doing ever since my first visit to Taiwan.


    awesome views specially taroko gorge it’s more on nature,planning to go there next month,making my own vid,
    thank you for the information 🚴🏼‍♂️🚴🏼‍♂️

  6. calibur233

    HI Ben,

    Nice video. We just met on Saturday in the bus back from Wulai and my friend found the video today checking randomly video from Taiwan by Bike.
    As we spoke you did actually the perfect ride around Taiwan, the west side is just full of factories and big cities that are way less enjoyable than the east side of the island you are showing.
    It is pretty impressive you made all the way from Suao to Hualien, we did that by train to avoid the heavy traffic and narrow roads…but checking your video I can see the views paid off.

    Cheers and nice meeting you!

    PS: A helmet won't kill you! 😛

  7. Julien Grunfelder

    Hi there! Great video! It brings me some memories back from my bike trip from Puli to Kenting via Wuling and Hualien! What time of the year did you do that trip? And how were the weather conditions (wind? Raining episodes? Humidity?)for biking?

  8. C Smiggee

    Pretty cool adventure. I've thought about doing the same on my next visit. I must say not looking forward to the climbs, but the views looks awesome. How did you manage where you stayed?

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